Advising in HPA
HPA Advising Policies
Pre-major students, non-degree students, students transferring into Penn State from another school, and any other students not yet in the HPA major can get information about HPA from HPA’s department adviser, Ms. Susan Sanders ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). Ms. Sanders provides students interested in the HPA major with the information necessary to explore their potential opportunities.
After you have selected HPA as your major, you will be assigned an HPA faculty mentor. If you are not sure who your HPA faculty mentor is, you can ask in the HPA office or look on elion.psu.edu. Your HPA faculty mentor is also identified on your student degree audit. As an HPA student, you have two important resources in the department--your faculty mentor and the HPA department adviser. It is important to understand the roles of both your faculty mentor and the staff adviser.
Your faculty mentor will be most helpful for discussing issues about career plans, such as jobs and graduate schools, and how course choices or minors fit into your plans. Keep in mind that you can make an appointment to see any faculty member, if you think that person might be helpful. Faculty areas of expertise are shown on the HPA Faculty website - http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/hpa/directory/BioList.aspx.
The department adviser, Susan Sanders, on the other hand, should be consulted for questions about transfer credits, course drop/add, course substitutions, graduation requirements, and other academic advising tasks. While the department adviser has primary responsibility for these issues, your faculty mentor may be consulted as well.
How to schedule an advising meeting
Please call the department office at 814-863-2900 to schedule a meeting with Susan Sanders, HPA department academic adviser. Meetings are recommended for students exploring HPA as a major or minor. They are also recommended for students who want assistance planning the next semester’s schedule. The department adviser’s office is in 604 Ford Building.
There are several opportunities for Walk-In Advising. Susan Sanders will have Walk-In Hours in 604 Ford the first week of each semester. These should be reserved for students with scheduling questions related to that semester. In addition, designated faculty advisers will be available for Walk-in Advising in 604 Ford during the semester on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:30 and on Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:00. These times should be used by students who may be struggling academically or who would like to begin a conversation about graduate school, internships, or other issues not related to academic planning.
Email Susan Sanders at email@example.com or call 814-863-2900.